O’Banion named new head coach of women’s basketball

A.J. Atkinson

After more than a month of searching, Kent State found its new head coach of women’s basketball. Danielle O’Banion, a former assistant women’s basketball coach at the University of Memphis, will take over the Kent State women’s basketball program that was headed by former coach Bob Lindsay for over 20 years.

O’Banion was one of forty to fifty inquiries for the opening as head coach of the Flashes’ Women’s basketball team. Todd Vatter, Interim Director of the Athletic Communications Department, said Kent State interviewed four candidates last week, chose O’Banion over the weekend and worked out all the paperwork by Wednesday morning.

In O’Banion’s time at Memphis, the Tigers improved from 12-18, to 20-14, to 21-13 and 25-8.

On a Memphis website, Memphis’ head women’s basketball coach said, “Danielle has been an integral part of building our foundation and moving our program in to the upper echelon of Conference USA.”

O’Banion served as the designated recruiting coordinator while at Memphis. Under her direction, the Tigers recruited three nationally ranked teams. These recruits have helped lead the Tigers into the postseason the last three years.

Unlike Lindsay, whose would-be-seniors all transferred before the start of this past season, O’Banion’s recruits stuck with Memphis’ program, graduating 29-straight seniors.

Media, students, faculty and the general public is invited to O’Banion press conference tomorrow at 1 PM on the first floor of the M.A.C. Center.

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